Right now, I’m running a sale on stock/premade covers! Covers are only $40 and are customizable with your book title and author name (duh, LOL). If you need more customization, we can work out a rate. If you need a full wrap, it’s only $65.
I DO NOT reuse covers or even photos.
Check out this link to see the covers, and if you’re interested in any, email me at asharceneaux.art @ gmail . com. Keep checking back because I’ll be adding a few more every night this week. Sale ends on Sunday!
WEEKEND SPECIAL! (June 1-2)
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Three years have passed since vampire princess Cassy Daniels, Scion of the House of Dracul, gave up her title to turn and marry David Ashe. Together, they live in exile with the Council of Crones, a group of elder witches. Isolated from the world, they found bliss. However, vampire politics soon intrude. Born vampire women are being kidnapped, and Cassy’s next on the list.
After a failed attempt to take Cassy from the Council of Crones estate, magical portals lead back to the missing women. Cassy and David are tasked with bringing them home. David is sent after Elisabeta, Cassy’s sister-in-law, who is still on Earth. Cassy, however, has what it takes to enter the elf-kingdom of Avalon and retrieve the other three vampires.
Can Cassy and David hold on to their bliss, or will Avalon’s magic lure her from home?
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Time Changes Everything
by Melinda Dozier
Amanda Larson is dedicated to her job and doesn’t want to make time for anything else. Until she runs into Jake Edwards. He used to be the cute boy next door; now he’s a sexy, big shot lawyer.
Jake Edwards isn’t interested in commitment. He’s successful, sexy, and single–and that’s how he likes it. When he reconnects with Amanda, Jake realizes he might have to rethink his philosophy on the carefree, bachelor lifestyle.
But, is it too late for them? Or can he convince her that he’s ready to give her his heart?
Time Changes Everything will be available May 13 through Entranced Publishing.
Reading romance has always been at the top of Melinda’s favorite past times. After hectic days of teaching English to middle school students, Melinda finds time to write and read in the evenings. She lives in Guatemala, Central America with her husband, three boys and German Sheppard. She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her boys once they are grown. Melinda loves reality TV., traveling, blogging and playing Words With Friends.
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Rating: C (I forget what rating scale I use, so we’re going with letter grades…)
Somewhere in the UK, zombies swarm a church where a wedding is about to take place. They realize that no one is safe, no one exempt, from the undead.
Zombie Revelations doesn’t really bring anything new to the zombie genre. It’s short, full of the usual characters–weepy, screaming women, scared old men who love their infected wives anyway, the hero male, and the briefly mentioned psychotic religious leader.
It’s well-written, for the most part. There are some POV issues–the biggest being that the story is told in a slightly-overwritten, flowery omniscient voice that doesn’t really allow the reader to get to know the characters–a handicap that sort of cuts this story off at the knees, in this overglutted zombie-genre market. Then there are the sporadic info-dumps that pop-up like footnotes, answering questions the characters asked, like monotone scientists in a grade school educational filmstrip. There was this weird thing in the stories, too. The zombies “squawked.” I kept getting this mental image of zombies walking around squawking like parrots, accompanied by arm-flapping. Zombies shouldn’t squawk. It’s great to bring something new to the zombie genre, but it sort of has to make sense. Granted, that’s my own opinion, but I dare anybody to read the story, and not picture zombies walking around the UK making noises like parrots.
Because this story is told in such a distant, omniscient voice, the reader isn’t really allowed to discover the story on their own. Everything is told to the reader–instead of the horrific discovery by a character that another is bitten, we’re told he’s been bitten, and that’s it. There is a lot of ‘telling,’ rather than showing, and that limits the story somewhat. Or a lot…
I liked the characters. I wish the author had invested more in them and taken more time to let us get to know them. It’s the characters that make a zombie story stand out.
Overal, this is a decent story. If you’re looking for a more emotional connection with characters, or a plot with a goal, this probably isn’t the story for you. It’s more of a vignette, I suppose. Well-written for the most part, technically clean, and while I personally think it could be tightened up a little, I’m sure less-critical readers may enjoy it.
I don’t do too many of these posts. I read SO much, it’s almost impossible to keep up with everything I read. I have books stacked chest high in the hallways, on tables, overflowing multiple bookcases, on any flat surface available. My poor Kindle app on my phone contains THOUSANDS of books.
Every once in a while, a book catches my eyes. Actually, an ad on Facebook (who knew people actually paid attention to those sidebar ads?) caught my eye. It was for a indiegogo thing, this one, actually…
I know I’m a little late to this party–the series has been out for a while (since 2010). Since I love anything fairy/faery related, and I love good YA fiction, I grabbed the series off Amazon and started reading. Managed to read the first 3 full books last night, obsessively. Couldn’t put them down. LOVED them. Loved the characters. Doesn’t happen in YA too often, for me, personally. I hate getting chest-deep into a good YA series, and suddenly, the heroine goes duuurrrrrrhhh and starts making stupid, stupid decisions, all based on luuuuuuuv. (I can’t get the underline to go away, sorry).
Kagawa’s characters are unique because they are smart. They make GOOD choices. Meghan doesn’t fall apart when her man walks away. She doesn’t sit in a chair and wait for somebody to rescue her. She goes after her man. I also love, love, love that these books don’t contain a love triangle, with some smitten girl moaning and griping over who she loves more. There are a few chapters where Meghan has to make a choice, but it’s not really even a choice, because she knows who she loves, and who she sees as a friend.
I just can’t reiterate how much I loved that the characters were intelligent. Like, real-life intelligent. You don’t see that much in YA fiction. The relationships between characters were amazing. I loved the variety of characters and the way faery mythology is woven into the story without becoming info-dumps.
The books are full of action and adventure, romance that feels like so much more than ordinary teenage crushes. The story itself is epic and sweeping. With a lot of series the spread over several books, usually by the third or so, there’s really nowhere else the story can go without reading like a Mary-Sue-ed fanfiction of itself. Thankfully, we don’t have that issue with the Iron Fey series. Every book has a new adventure, and it makes sense in the world Kagawa has woven. There is no reprieve from the overall threat, and all the minor ones add in to create an unrelenting tension throughout the series that just pushes the reader on and on. At least it did with me. I read the first three books in a matter of hours! I’m halfway through Iron Knight and loving it as well (note: just finished it. Cried through the whole damn book!) This series is more than just 3 books about a dumb teen chick and her love-triangle boyfriends set in a generic fantasy world; it’s got a life of it’s own. I totally just love how the characters grow up in the books–they start out at teenagers (sort of, if you can count immortal fey as teens…) and evolve. We follow Meghan through her journey from pig-farmer to queen and beyond. It’s got everything a fairy-tale lover would want. There’s no anticlimactic “and they lived happily ever after, the end” moment.
I found only ONE thing that I didn’t like all that much. At the end of book 3, there’s a brief epilogue that switches from Meghan’s POV to Ash’s. It felt a little awkward to me. it didn’t exactly lead into book 4, even though book 4 is in Ash’s POV.
So this is definitely a series you should check out. I can’t say enough about it. It’s beautiful, fantastic, amazing, and wonderfully written.
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